Beyond simply enacting legislation and regulations to advance energy efficiency within the state's residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, state (as well as county and municipal) governments can also provide vision and leadership for their constituents.
Leading by Example
By having an agency dedicated to energy policies, setting goals for reduction of energy use by state agencies, establishing high standards for the efficiency of state-owned and operated buildings, and implementing policies that promote energy efficiency in public-service buildings, government demonstrate the value of energy efficiency and reduce the amount of the state's revenue that is spent on energy purchases. Every Midwestern state has a state energy office and many have adopted other policies aimed at managing the state’s energy consumption as well as encouraging others to follow its lead.
State Energy Office
The State Energy Office in Kansas is the Energy Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission.
The mission of the Energy Division is to promote energy conservation and efficiency in Kansas and to serve as a clearinghouse for information on alternative energy and other energy topics.
In support of this mission, the Energy Division administers programs, promotes public education through outreach activities, fosters coordination throughout government and the private sector on energy-related activities, and provides objective and up-to-date information on energy-related topics, including additional state and federal programs and incentives.
Visit the Energy Division webpage. Check out NASEO's profile for Kansas.
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State Energy Plan or Vision
The Kansas Energy Council (KEC) was established by Executive Order by Governor Sibelius in 2004, and dissolved by Executive Order in 2008. Among its duties, it produced the Kansas Energy Plan, later renamed the Kansas Energy Report, which provided background on energy topics and annual policy recommendations. The KEC replaced the earlier State Energy Resources Coordinating Council which had been established in 2002 by Governor Graves. There does not appear to be any successor to the KEC currently active in Kansas.
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State Agency Energy Reduction Requirement
Kansas requires all state-owned buildings to undergo an energy audit at least every 5 years to identify excessive energy usage; for leased buildings, an energy audit is required before State agencies may approve new leases or renew existing leases (see KAR 1-66-1 through 1-66-3).
The State operates the Facility Conservation Improvement Program (FCIP), which promotes and facilitates energy-saving projects in public buildings, such as schools, city offices, courthouses, and other facilities. Established by the State in 2000, the FCIP helps local governments, school districts, universities, and others implement energy-efficiency and deferred-maintenance projects-with no upfront capital expenditures. Taken together, FCIP projects are saving cities, counties, school districts, and universities-and Kansas taxpayers-more than $20 million each year.
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EE in New State Buildings
Kansas also prescribes energy-efficiency performance standards for new construction (see KAR-1-67-2) and renovations, wherever feasible (see KAR 1-67-3) to ensure the buildings meet energy efficiency levels of IECC 2006 or the equivalent ASHRAE standard.
In addition, the Facility Conservation Improvement Program (FCIP) at the KCC Energy Division is directed to (1) implement cost-effective conservation and efficiency measures in all state-owned buildings; (2) accelerate efforts to market FCIP to school districts and local governments; and (3) review all state construction projects, both new and remodeling, that exceed $100,000 for possible inclusion in FCIP, including Kansas Board of Regents university facilities.
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Recognition or Award Program
The Kansas Pollution Prevention Awards recogize reduction in energy usage as one criterion for the annual award, which is open to public and private organizations and community group.
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